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Monday, September 25th 2006

Put Flammable Liquid Under Some Guy's Ass? Go For It!

Support for NASA’s manned space flight plans is strong.

The new survey – the last of a three-part series sponsored by the industry group the Coalition for Space Exploration – found that more than two-thirds of Americans polled support NASA’s stepping-stone approach to returning astronauts to the Moon, provided the effort’s cost does not exceed more than one percent of the federal budget.

“I think the stability of the numbers over time is probably the most significant thing,”Jeff Carr, chairman of the Coalition of Space Exploration, told SPACE.com of the three surveys. “Our mission is to help broaden the public’s awareness of the value and benefits of space exploration.”

The Princeton, New Jersey-based Gallup Organization conducted the new poll for between Aug. 2 and Aug. 19 in a telephone survey of 1,000 adults of age 18 or older. The new poll follows similar surveys in March 2006 and June 2005.

In the most recent poll, more than 60 percent of those surveyed stated they supported NASA’s human space exploration efforts.

Of the 63 percent of those polled stating that the U.S. should continue to fund NASA’s space exploration efforts, 32 percent said exploration should continue at the current funding level, while 22 percent supported a slightly increased level and nine percent preferred a significant funding increase.

Anyone who has read me might know I’m a strong supporter of manned space flight. This article points out NASA’s budget works out to less than $60 per American. Obviously not distributed like that with a progressive income tax, but a number I think it completely reasonable (despite my other libertarian tendencies).

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